Todd Weir

Dr Todd Weir


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Todd Weir had been an undergraduate student of the developing world until a semester spent at an East German university in 1988 turned his interest towards Germany and the history of socialism. He later retrained as a historian, first at the Humboldt University in Berlin and then at Columbia University in New York. He was a research fellow at the Free University in Berlin while writing his dissertation, 'The Fourth Confession: atheism, Monism and politics in the Freigeistig movement in Berlin 1859-1924'. Dr Weir taught at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Seattle University and the University of Washington before joining Queen's University in January 2007.


Conferences Convened

Dr Weir convened a Wiles Colloquium on October 2 and 3, 2009 at Queen's University. For more information please go to Turning Point 1968: A Year of Change from Belfast to Beijing

In 2008 Dr Weir initiated a university-wide programme of public lectures, films and an exhibit to mark the 40th anniversary of the epoch-making events of 1968. For more information, please go to "The Monist Century 1845-1945: Science, Secularism and Worldview".

On June 26, 2015 Dr Weir will convene an international symposium on "The Interwar Kulturkampf: Transnational Struggles over Secularism" at Queen's University.

Research Statement

Dr Weir's current research focuses on the relationships between religious dissent, anticlericalism, popular science and radical politics both in Germany and internationally in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has also written on East German collectivisation in the 1950s and the relationship of German socialism to colonialism prior to the First World War.


Dr Todd Weir teaches on the following programmes / modules:


Socialism, the history of the idea

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